European Indoor Championships: Laura Muir a ‘world star’ after double – coach

By Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland on the Emirates Arena

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Muir wins 2d successive European Indoors double

Laura Muir is changing into “a world superstar of sport, never mind athletics” after ending a 2d successive European Indoors double, says coach Andy Young.

The Scot, 25, won the 1500m and 3,000m events in Glasgow two years after claiming each and each in Belgrade.

Muir has additionally clinched two Diamond League titles and a European Championships gold within the ragged distance.

“She’s racking up the medals and wins in unheard of kind,” Young said.

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“So she’s a first price world superstar – beginning to spin accurate into a world superstar of sport, never mind athletics.”

On the final lap of her 3,000m final on Friday, Muir seared far off from the arena, while she led the pack for a lot of Sunday’s 1500m showpiece.

“The bolt on Friday used to be one for the ages,” Young urged BBC Scotland. “And then to advance encourage [on Sunday] and bolt a 57-2d closing 400m, to true bolt far off from a tidy arena, of us working national records for his or her glean countries – that is special.

“She’s been described as having a gawk like a first price sprinter. And also you gawk [European and Commonwealth champion sprinter] Dina Asher-Smith joking that she would no longer luxuriate in racing her over 200m, and [former Olympic heptathlon champion] Denise Lewis raving about how she took off like a sprinter on the cease of a handy guide a rough 3,000m.

“I am pleased to gawk that, we now fill been engaged on it, and it be true added one more element. She can bolt long, she can bolt snappy and now she can whisk vivid a lot sooner than someone else as correctly and that makes her a extremely laborious athlete to beat.”

Young believes Muir will be “dissatisfied if she would now not advance away with a medal” on the World Championships in Doha at some level of September and October.

“It is silent a long capability away, but if she stays wholesome and stays on this roughly originate she can be very laborious to beat, and you’d actually hope to position her in for a medal,” he added.

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